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Your Progress. Sproul , R. Events Give The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. Sanford, FL Directions to our office. Sinclair Ferguson , W. Christianity and Culture. But as recent weeks have made clear, Barack Obama is the most split-personality politician in the country today.

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On the one hand, there is Dr. Barack, the high-minded, Niebuhr-quoting speechifier who spent this past winter thrilling the Scarlett Johansson set and feeling the fierce urgency of now. This guy is the whole Chicago package: an idealistic, lakefront liberal fronting a sharp-elbowed machine operator. He speaks so calmly and polysyllabically that people fail to appreciate the Machiavellian ambition inside. Read the whole thing. Labels: Barack Obama , liberalism , politics. Here's something related to my previous post.

Ligon Duncan points to the following thoughts from John Piper he doesn't note the source on how diluting biblical truth for the sake of winning unbelievers may actually harm the faith of those already in Christ:. I think in general this is what cultural adapters fail to realize: making the truth more palatable for unbelievers to help them make a step toward orthodoxy serves even more it seems historically to help loosely orthodox people feel how unpalatable orthodoxy is and move away from it.

Labels: discipleship , doctrine , evangelicalism , John Piper , seeker-sensitivity. Tuesday, June 17, Christian Euphemisms. In the interest of clear communication, Christians should carefully consider whether the vocabulary we use in declaring the gospel helps or hinders its furtherance. Contextualization of this sort is commendable. However, sometimes our selection of terms is driven not so much by a desire to facilitate understanding as by a desire to diminish the offense inherent in the message of the cross.

After all, warning unbelievers about entering a "Christless eternity" isn't nearly as harsh-sounding as warnings about "hell" and thus the use of such euphemistic language might give us a longer hearing with people who would otherwise be turned off. Of course, it doesn't occur to us that the thought of an eternity without Christ is actually appealing to those who now hate him and have no desire for him.

The use of such toned-down language is not restricted to our conversations with non-Christians. Even when talking with each other we can resort to the use of euphemisms that dilute the concentration of biblical truths. I've always considered the phrase "unchurched" to describe the unconverted to be an example of such. The familiar term can easily give the false impression that a person's most fundamental problem is that he or she has not been properly socialized in church life.

Likewise, it can give those who have never repented and trusted in Christ yet who regularly participate in church activities i. David Wells in his latest volume, The Courage to Be Protestant , critiques the premises and methods of the church growth and seeker-sensitive movements, noting how the words we use are products of the paradigm that is functionally authoritative: We need look no further than the way those involved in this experiment speak of the unconverted.

In virtually all church-marketing literature, non-Christians are no longer unconverted, or unsaved, or those not-yet-reconicled-to-the-Father, or those who have not come to faith, or those who are outside of Christ. No, they are simply the unchurched. Those who were once the unconverted have become the unchurched. This spares us the embarrassment of uttering theological truth. And that is the tip-off that something is amiss here. What is amiss is that the Christianity being peddled is not about theological truth p.

Labels: Christianese , church growth , communication , evangelism , seeker-sensitivity. In an interview with byFaith Magazine , Anthony Carter, author of Being Black and Reformed and editor of the forthcoming Bringing the Reformation to the African-American Church , explains why Reformed theology and the African-American experience are inherently complementary. And African-Americans experientially see this as true, as they have experienced trials and tribulations and historic oppression. They take comfort and solace in the fact that God is sovereign and working things out for good. So Reformed teaching and the African-American experience is quite compatible.

In fact, Reformed teaching best helps us interpret the African-American experience. There is a sovereign God who is just and merciful who is working all things together for good. But the challenge is that African-Americans are not exposed to Reformed theology, so they see it as antithetical. Labels: black church , Reformed theology. Friday, May 23, How to be Unfruitful. Though written with seminarians in mind, anyone desirous of growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ can benefit from considering and doing the opposite of Derek Brown's list of 45 ways to waste your theological education.

HT: Said at Southern Seminary. Labels: discipleship , seminary , theological education. Understanding Scripture in Light of Christ. That's the theme of the most recent issue of Southern Seminary's magazine, The Tie. Hamilton Jr. Prince The complete issue is available for free here. HT: Steve Weaver. Labels: Bible , biblical interpretation , hermeneutics , Jesus , preaching. May the God of all comfort console the singer and his family as they grieve over the tragic death of their youngest child. The Tennessean : Steven Curtis Chapman's youngest child died Wednesday evening after being struck by a car driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the family's Williamson County home.

Maria, one of the Christian singer's six children, was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Hospital, which confirmed the death, according to Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Police did not give the driver's name. The teen was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser down the driveway of the rural home about p. He did not see Maria in the driveway before the vehicle struck her, she said. Please pray for this family. HT: The Point.

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Labels: death , grief , suffering. Wednesday, May 21, My Big 5. Steve McCoy has launched a series he's calling the Big 5 in which he'll be asking readers for book recommendations on select topics. In his first post he asks for five titles for a church's book table and gives the following guidelines: "Your 5 should be somewhat diverse.

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In other words, don't give me 5 books on theology only. Mix it up.

And I know you want to list more than 5, but no cheating! Don't necessarily suggest your best 5. Get creative. Mention some others won't mention. Check out Reformissionary to see what others recommend and add your own Big 5. I gave a synopsis here.

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Labels: books , Christian publishing , reading. Sunday, May 18, Groothuis on Guinness. Some comments about relativism didn't make the final but can be read at Dr. Labels: book reviews , books , Douglas Groothuis , Os Guinness. The High Price of Einstein's Unbelief.

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    Saturday, May 17, Birthday Wisdom. I usually don't air a woman's age but since my friend, Rosemarie, has published hers, I feel free to make an exception. Today, her 51st birthday, she shares thoughts prompted by a woman. Her response holds instruction for us all, regardless of our years. Here's a snippet: I would read, meditate on and memorize the Word more. I would call my sin what the Bible calls it. Jesus provides a remedy for sin, but He is silent about 'mistakes'.

    I would advise young people to learn the difference between who you are and the choices you make.